Big Blow For South Africa, After Anrich Nortje Another Star Pacer Ruled Out Of ODI World Cup 2023

The cricketing world is excited as the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 approaches. However, this anticipation is tinged with disappointment for South Africa as they face a significant injury setback. Fast bowler Sisanda Magala, who had been a part of the Proteas’ 15-member squad for the marquee event in India, is set to miss out due to injury.

Sisanda Magala’s journey to the ODI World Cup had been a rollercoaster. After a four-month absence from competitive cricket, he marked his return during the ODI series against Australia. The injury layoff occurred in April while representing the Chennai Super Kings in the high-octane Indian Premier League (IPL).

Magala was included in both the T20I and ODI squads for the series against Australia, signaling his comeback. However, the joy of his return was short-lived. In the T20I series, he experienced discomfort in his left knee during training, setting off alarm bells.

While his T20I participation remained in doubt, Sisanda Magala did manage to make his comeback in the ODI format. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipated his return, but it was a bittersweet moment. He could only bowl four overs during the third ODI before pain and discomfort resurfaced in his knee.

Regrettably, South African cricket fans will not witness Sisanda Magala’s talent on the grand stage of the ODI World Cup. A South African news outlet, IOL report, confirmed that Magala will not be part of the World Cup squad. His ongoing knee troubles and lack of sufficient time for recovery have led to this unfortunate decision.

However, every setback presents an opportunity. With Sisanda Magala ruled out, fast-bowling all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo may be thrust into the limelight. Phehlukwayo, who played against Australia and was initially called to cover for Magala, could secure a spot in the Proteas’ World Cup squad.

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As the ODI World Cup draws near, South Africa faces the challenge of reshuffling their lineup due to Magala’s absence. The cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the final squad announcement, hoping that the Proteas can overcome this hurdle and make their mark on the global stage.

South Africa’s ODI World Cup Squad:

Temba Bavuma (capt), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams

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